Acrolinx Server - Version 5.1.2 (21 March 2017)
Language Server no Longer Hangs on Certain Markdown Documents
The language server needs a long time to parse and process certain markdown documents, and sometimes it would even hang. We've improved this so that the server stops trying to parse such documents after a few seconds and you'll see a message saying that the document couldn't be checked.
Acrolinx Server - Version 5.1.1 (9 February 2017)
Acrolinx sidebar version 14.2.2 is available when you connect to the new 5.1.1 Acrolinx server. For more details, open the sidebar release notes here.
Improved Support for Checking GitHub-Flavored Markdown With the Acrolinx Sidebar
Previously, if you checked markdown documents that contained link references, all the cards in the sidebar appeared grayed out. We've improved the text processing of GitHub-flavored markdown content. And now the cards appear active in the sidebar so that you can work with them as expected.
You Couldn't Turn on Single Sign-On With Enterprise Federated Authentication for Acrolinx Web Integrations
Previously, if you wanted to use Enterprise Federated Authentication on your Acrolinx server, it wasn't possible to turn on Single Sign-on (SSO) for your Acrolinx web integration. We've extended support for Enterprise Federated Authentication. Now, you can use Enterprise Federated Authentication on your Acrolinx server and Acrolinx web integrations with SSO at the same time.
Acrolinx Server - Version 5.1
We're pleased to announce version 5.1 — the first update to our major 5.0 release. In this release, we've added findability checking and support for authenticating users with federated authentication.
Major New Features
Findability Helps You Ensure That Your Content Is On Target and Easy to Find
No matter if you create marketing collateral, support content, technical documentation, or any other kind of content, you want to make it as easy as possible for your customers to find. That’s why we added findability checking to our 5.1 server and newest sidebar version. Acrolinx findability helps you ensure that your content is easy to find when people enter your targeted keywords in a search engine.
Our software analyzes your content just as a search engine would index a web page. Acrolinx then generates a discovered keyword list that summarizes the top keywords in your content. If you don’t have a list of target keywords, Acrolinx Findability can help with that too. In the discovered keywords list, you can select a keyword and make it a targeted keyword. When you create more content, Acrolinx Findability can tell you how often you’re using the targeted keywords.
Additionally, we offer the option to integrate with external SEO systems. You can display keyword information like query volume, your rank, and your competitor‘s rank inline. Also, you can provide direct links to detailed keyword information. If you’re managing target keywords in the external system, you can offer them to your writers as proposed keywords.
Use Enterprise Federated Authentication to Authenticate Acrolinx Users with Your Identity Management Service
More and more of our customers are using external authentication. It makes managing users more convenient and also more secure. Until now, our LDAP integration was the only way to authenticate users externally for on-premise installations.
Now, we support enterprise federated authentication, which allows you to use protocols like SAML, OpenID Connect and OAuth. This means that you can authenticate users with an identity management service such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, OneLogin, and Okta.
Enterprise federated authentication currently works with the PingFederate server which we can set up for you. It's available for the Acrolinx Dashboard and for several plug-ins in the sidebar edition such as Acrolinx for Microsoft Word on Windows. If you want to be sure that your preferred plug-in is already supported, get in touch with us and we'll let you know.
There's a New Version of the Acrolinx Sidebar
We're constantly polishing and beautifying our sidebar, and this release is no exception. In case you've forgotten, we deliver our sidebar as part of the server now. So with this server release, you get a sidebar with a whole bunch of changes. They're too numerous to list in the server release notes, so the sidebar has its own release notes page. To find out more, you can open the sidebar release notes here.
The Acrolinx Server Now Supports Checking of GitHub-flavored Markdown
To become more agile, more teams are using unstructured document formats instead of XML. In anticipation of this trend, we've updated the server-side text extraction so that Acrolinx can correctly read content that's written in Github-flavored markdown . The server now uses the pegdown processor as part of the text extraction process.
Markdown comes in various flavors. If you use a different flavor of markdown, Acrolinx won't be able to process the syntax reliably. For an overview of the GitHub-flavored syntax, see this markdown cheatsheet or the official GitHub writing guidelines .
Now that we've got the text extraction working, we can start building more Acrolinx integrations for markdown editors. Currently, you can check GitHub-favored markdown content with version 3.5.2 of the Command Line Checker (CLC) and version 1.0 of Acrolinx for GitHub.
We've Improved Quality Variation by Document Report
We've improved the Acrolinx analytics report "Quality Variation by Document" so you can see the variation in the Acrolinx Score. Also, you can now see the variation in the word count between the first and last check.
You Can Now Cancel the Guidance Wizard
This is handy if you want to collect additional data or just want to review what the guidance wizard found. Once you've seen what you need to see, you can now finish the guidance wizard in one click.
Some Customers Couldn't Open the "Users" Page After Upgrading the Acrolinx Server
This issue occurred for customers who didn't have the Terminology Manager included in their license and were upgrading to a server with the version 4.7 or 5.0. You should always be able to manage your users no matter what kind of license you have. But for some reason, the "Users" page was empty or unresponsive for installations that had a restricted license. We've fixed this issue and you should now be able to open the "Users" page regardless of what kind of license you have.
The Server Didn't Load Some Customizations in Customization Directory
The Dashboard Didn't Save Cost Savings Categories Correctly
When administering the cost savings report, you can create cost savings categories and assign them to certain issue types. However, a bug prevented the dashboard from saving changes to these assignments. Now, the dashboard correctly saves all assignments when you click "Save."
Information on Upgrading
We've Changed the Configuration Steps Required for JAAS and LDAP
The Acrolinx server uses the Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) as the preferred method for authenticating users. However, we've changed the way you enable JAAS in 5.1. Previously, JAAS was automatically enabled when the server detected a file called
login.config in the server
server/bin directory. Now, you also have to add the following properties to the core server properties file:
If you use JAAS and LDAP to authenticate users in your current installation, make sure that you add these properties after you install the new server.